Graham Potter’s side currently sit 10th in the table, three points and three places behind their opponents, after a run of just one win in eight Premier League games, leaving their manager under huge pressure so soon into his time in charge. Joao Felix, though, has arrived on loan and could be handed a debut this evening.
The Blues are on a miserable run away from home, last winning on the road in October, and will have to significantly improve if they are to return to winning ways here against a side full of confidence.
Fulham have won all four of their matches since the World Cup, leaving them seventh in the table and within sight of the European spots.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Fulham vs Chelsea is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off on Thursday January 12, 2023.
Craven Cottage in west London will host the match.
How to watch Fulham vs Chelsea
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Coverage begins at 7pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the contest online via the BT Sport website or app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog, featuring expert analysis from Nizaar Kinsella at Craven Cottage.
Fulham vs Chelsea team news
Fulham will be without Aleksandar Mitrovic tonight in a huge blow to Marco Silva, after the striker picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Leicester.
Carlos Vinicius is likely to replace Fulham’s talisman, while Layvin Kurzawa is in contention to make his second Premier League start of the season. Willian could feature against his former club. Neeskens Kebano is out and Shane Duffy doubtful.
Joao Felix is in line for his first minutes as a Chelsea player having arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was absent from the squad thumped by Manchester City in the FA Cup due to a minor back injury, but is expected to be fit to start if required.
Denis Zakaria will hope to return to Chelsea’s starting XI after coming off the bench at the Etihad Stadium, while Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are also expected to come back into the side. Raheem Sterling missed out against City and will be absent for the foreseeable with injury, while Christian Pulisic has been ruled out until March.
Reece James, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell, Armando Broja and Edouard Mendy are all still unavailable, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unlikely to be risked yet despite returning to training.
Fulham vs Chelsea prediction
No match looks easy for Chelsea at the moment, but a derby at Craven Cottage really will be a test as Fulham continue to impress on their return to the Premier League.
With a long injury list and an attack short of confidence, it could be another frustrating night for Potter’s side.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Fulham wins: 11
Chelsea wins: 50
Chelsea have lost just one of their last 40 matches against Fulham in all competitions, a run stretching back to 1980.
Fulham vs Chelsea latest odds
Fulham to win: 5/2
Chelsea to win: 11/10
Odds via Betfair (Subject to change).